Arsene Wenger believes that Arsenal’s last visit to Goodison Park at the end of last season was one of the low points of the year, and gave the Gunners a shock in the race for the coveted fourth place in the Premier League.
“In the quality of our performance, and even more than that in our mental resistance, the mental steel on the day [the defeat to Everton] was one of our low points,” Wenger said on Arsenal.com
“At the start I played with Arteta and Flamini in the middle of the park. We did not have Ozil, we had Ramsey on the bench, just coming back from injury. We played with Podolski, Giroud, and we were a bit bullied. At the back we had Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Monreal and Sagna. It was an off day, as well physically.
“I was worried afterwards because it was not in our hands anymore. It was in the hands of Everton. It was only their defeat against Crystal Palace at home that allowed us to get there.
“It was very tight last year. We finished with 79 points and I think it’s the first time since I arrived in England that you finish fourth with 79 points. You can look at the tables – that never existed before.
“Even if the Premier League was more interesting than ever last season, the top four teams took more points together than in any other year. For Everton, it’s the first time a team on 72 points didn’t get in the top four. It was very difficult.”
So that tells me that Wenger will be playing most of his biggest strongest players in tonights game.
Who would you pick this time around?